Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention

When power outages occur after severe weather (such as severe storms, hurricanes or tornadoes), using alternative sources of power can cause carbon monoxide (CO) to build up in a home and poison the people and animals inside. 

Every year, at least 430 people die in the U. S. from accidental CO poisoning. Approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. There are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your household from CO poisoning. Change the batteries in your CO detector every six months. If you don’t have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO detector, buy one soon.

CO is found in fumes produced by portable generators, stoves, lanterns, and gas ranges, or by burning charcoal and wood. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. Protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.


How to Recognize CO Poisoning

The most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms.

CO Poisoning Prevention Tips

  • Never leave the motor running in a vehicle parked in an enclosed or partially enclosed space, such as a garage.
  • Never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure, even if the doors or windows are open, unless the equipment is professionally installed and vented. Keep vents and flues free of debris, especially if winds are high. Flying debris can block ventilation lines.
  • Never run a motor vehicle, generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine less than 20 feet from an open window, door, or vent where exhaust can vent into an enclosed area.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camping stove inside a home, tent, or camper.
  • If conditions are too hot, seek shelter with friends or at a community shelter.
  • If CO poisoning is suspected, consult a health care professional right away.

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. You can protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.
For more information, please visit the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning website. 

The original article can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website at

Monday, August 7, 2017

URAC Public Comment Period

URAC is pleased to present draft lists of proposed performance measures under
consideration for addition to the Health Plan Accreditation program, Pharmacy Suite of Products (Community Pharmacy, Drug Therapy Management, Pharmacy Benefits Management, Specialty Pharmacy and Mail Service Pharmacy), and the Telehealth Accreditation program for your review and feedback. URAC invites you to review these proposed measures and share your comments and recommendations with them during their public comment period, which begins July 18, 2017 and ends on August 31, 2017. Click the links below to view the measures and submit comments.

URAC regularly reviews and revises its measures to consistently align with current market needs, government regulations, and industry trends. By doing so, URAC demonstrates commitment to measuring and reporting on performance to offer greater transparency and increase consumer empowerment.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses would like to encourage you to review the URAC programs under revision and give constructive comments. You do have a voice in healthcare and its standards, so let it be known!